The Great Wall

I have been thinking about the Great Wall today. I guess in part it is because I had a few e-mails from China last night and today. The e-mails got me thinking about one of my favorite pictures that I took back in 2001 at the Great Wall. See my post Great Humor.

Great Wall of China, Badaling, Bucket List, Great WallOf course these pictures also bring back memories of my first digital camera. All of these pictures were taken with a Sony Mavica camera that save the pictures on floppy disks. It is amazing how far technology has come since then.

In this first picture we see a picture of one of the signs at the Great Wall.

Great Wall of China, Badaling, Beijing, Bucket ListI was in Beijing in October 2001 to visit some customers and one of my colleagues took me around to visit some of the historic sites. Of course, the Great Wall was one of the places on the list.

We visited the Great Wall at Badaling which is the most visited section of the wall.

In the picture above it is interesting to see the graffiti on the blocks. People want to leave their mark for others to see.

Badaling, Great Wall of China, Ming Dynasty, 1500's, HistoryThe portion of the wall at Badaling was built in the early 1500’s during the Ming Dynasty. You can see that the wall was well fortified and definitely was a Great Wall at this point.

Badaling is about 50 miles from Beijing, so was definitely at a strategic location.

Ruins of the Great Wall of China, Badaling, Un-reconstructed wallThe section of the wall at Badaling was reconstructed in the mid 1950’s and was the first portion of the wall to be opened to the public. In the picture above you can see a portion of the wall that has not been reconstructed. You can definitely see that it had been neglected.

Badaling, Great Wall of China, Ming Dynasty Wall, Reconstructed WallI really like this picture as it shows how the Great Wall snakes through the mountains. You can really see how much effort was put into securing their border.

Millions of people visit the Great Wall at Badaling each year. It is much easier to visit today as there is a train that connects it to Beijing. When I was there we had to take a car from the city.

Great Wall of China, Badaling, Braman's WanderingsHere is the proof that I was at the Great Wall. As you can see I haven’t aged a day in the last 13 years.

This is one place that I can definitely recommend for your bucket list. I would like to visit there again some day as it was a great experience.

Is the Great Wall of China on your bucket list?

Steven

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3 Responses to The Great Wall

  1. I have to confess that China is some way down the bucket list so I may struggle to get there. I have still got more of Europe to see and then the US and when I have the time Australia and New Zealand.

  2. CJ Murdoch says:

    Love your post. I think I am one of the lucky ones as I was on the Great Wall at Badaling in February of 1999. I went to meet and bring my daughter home to Canada. She was born in Qichun, Hubei. I absolutely loved China; a place where I felt at peace. My daughter and I look forward to returning to visit her homeland one day! Right now (at 16) she prefers to make as many visits back to my home land as possible…. N. Ireland! 🙂 I really enjoy reading your posts.

  3. Glenda McDougal says:

    Very interesting post …

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